WASHINGTON, DC- The Department of Transportation has awarded grants to seven district airports in the Second Congressional District for various projects including the installation of perimeter fencing, runway rehabilitation and extension, and drainage improvement.

These improvements will provide safer facilities and extended usage for the airports receiving grants.

The grants, administered through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), went to Dothan, Elba, Enterprise, Evergreen, Prattville, Union Springs, and Wetumpka.

“I am extremely pleased that our local airports are receiving much-needed funding to improve their facilities,” Bright said.

“These airports provide an important commercial and recreational service to both users and the communities they serve. They can also help aid in a region’s economic development efforts. These grants will help airports better serve their communities, and that’s something for which the whole region can be proud.”

Airports receiving funding include:

•Carl Folsom Airport in Elba will receive $155,192 to construct a new fuel farm, a new helipad, improve drainage around the facilities, and install perimeter fencing.

•Dothan Regional Airport will receive $457,362 to install perimeter fencing and rehabilitate pavement on the airport parking apron.

•Enterprise Municipal Airport will receive $113,830 to rehabilitate the runway pavement.

•Franklin Field in Union Springs will receive $174,347 to conduct an environmental study to assess the environmental impact of a runway extension. The funding will also provide a new airport beacon and runway lighting to improve safety and restore evening operations.

•Middleton Field in Evergreen will receive $115,805 for land acquisition to maintain Runway Protection Zones.

•Prattville-Gouby Field Airport will receive $424,370 to expand the airplane parking apron.

•Wetumpka Municipal Airport will receive $139,367 to improve the airfield drainage system.

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  • by Joey Location: dothan on Mar 30, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    Why are federal dollars going to local airports? We need to keep the federal dollars out of our local roads, schools, power supplies, water, sewage, etc. The more money the feds give to someone the more control they want to exercise over that someone. This takes power away from the people and gives it to the government. The government should be the servant of the poeple. The people should not be servants of the government.
  • by Eric Location: Dothan on Mar 29, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    Don't worry, I will. Bright DID vote the right way on healthcare, but also remember his very FIRST vote was for Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker. That alone, in mho disqualifies him as representative for an overwhelmingly CONSERVATIVE district.
  • by KL Location: Enterprise on Mar 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    Bright voted the right way BUT he contributes to the Corruptocrat majority. Remember in November.
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